The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

April 1, 2020

This event has been postponed until further notice. Please refer to this listing for updates and information. Learn and share ideas about mechanical disciplines at the USPTO Technology Centers (TC) 3600 and 3700 and American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Customer Partnership Meeting....

April 1, 2020

Join the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) via teleconference for an interactive Q&A session with trademark experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center. This presentation will cover topics including navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS),...

April 2, 2020

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs,...

April 14, 2020

Learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Tuesday, a virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts this interactive question and answer session on the second Tuesday of...

April 14, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections according to 35 U.S.C. 103? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit...

April 15, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on obviousness rejections according to 35 U.S.C. 103? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit...

April 15, 2020

Attend a free interactive Q&A session via teleconference with patent experts at the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (TXRO). Space is limited, so register early to secure your seat . The Texas Regional Office will continue its five-class curriculum on patents: Class one is an overview...

April 20, 2020

This event has been postponed until further notice. Please refer to this listing for updates and information. If you are a patent attorney or agent, it helps to think like an examiner. Get a better understanding of how examiners makes decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and...

May 6, 2020

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

May 7, 2020

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs,...

News & Updates

USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO is waiving the...

Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of coronavirus to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO...

USPTO update on in-person meetings

Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13,...

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the Election of Daren Tang as WIPO Director General

The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office congratulate Daren Tang, Singapore’s Chief Executive of Intellectual Property, on his election to the post of Director General for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Wilbur L. Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce,...

USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset with 2019 data files now available

The latest update to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Assignment Dataset, consisting of full data files from 1970 to 2019, is now available to the public for free download. The dataset is an organized relational database of patent assignment and other related transactions...

USPTO hiring hundreds of new examiners in 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting two job fairs for engineers in February. These Patent Examiner Recruitment Open House events are designed to attract soon-to-be graduates and professionals with backgrounds in biomedical, computer, electrical, and mechanical...

USPTO and Mexican Institute of Industrial Property launch new worksharing arrangement

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) agreed to launch a new worksharing arrangement that will accelerate the process of obtaining a patent in Mexico for businesses and individuals already in possession of a...

David Gooder appointed USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed David Gooder to be the new Commissioner for Trademarks. As Commissioner, Gooder will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks...

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020. This competition introduces law students to U.S. patent law issues and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Student teams will be given a...

U.S. and Brazil implement expanded PPH agreement

On December 1, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) put into effect a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement that significantly expands on a prior agreement, allowing for applications for more industries...